Mueller Team Asks White House for Documents on Flynn

Mueller's team is investigating whether President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election

Members of the sweeping federal investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller requested the White House submit documents linked to Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to the paper, citing authorities close to the investigation. At the core of suspicions against Flynn are payments of more than half a million dollars transferred to Flynn's former consulting firm by a Turkish-American businessman who is suspected to have served as a government mediator between September and November 2016.

Investigators asked the White House for documents related to Flynn's lobbying and questioned witnesses about whether he was paid by the Turkish government, the New York Times reported.

Taking money from Turkey or any foreign government is not illegal.

Mr Flynn, a former lieutenant general in the U.S. army, failed to register as a foreign agent when Flynn Intel Group signed a $600,000 contract with Mr Alptekin's Dutch company Inovo BV in August 2016. But she says the president "has not even discussed" nor is "discussing" firing Mueller.

Prosecutors have also asked during interviews about Flynn's speaking engagements for Russian companies, for which he was paid more than $65,000 in 2015, and about his company's clients - including work it may have done with the Japanese government.

They have sought related documents from the White House and have asked related information from witnesses during interviews, a significant development in the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr. Trump has publicly warned Mr. Mueller that his financial affairs should not enter in the framework of its mission and that investigating them would be tantamount to crossing a red line.

But the contract ended in mid-Novermber 2016, around the time that Flynn was announced as President Donald Trump's first National Security Adviser.

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